Minding my own business, knitting or somesuch — my mind definitely elsewhere — I glance up at some noise and give a start.
On our fourth rental session in this house, with these same cushions, there it is: my first sight of this face. Once seen, it’s sort of obvious, no?
Maybe it’s one of those animated dragons in the trailers right now. Maybe it’s a Backyardigan, to which I was introduced many years ago by a then-preschool grandson. Maybe it’s not a creature at all: just the right arrangement of features to trigger facial recognition.
And that makes me wonder whether this whole pareidolia thing applies to babies. From early infancy, babies pay more attention to human faces than to other objects — even, it seems, to cartoonish human faces and to line drawings of faces — but I couldn’t find any studies with more stylized shapes.